St Joseph's College 7 Kennedy Road Hongkong ST Joseph's College has come up with a new award scheme this year as an incentive for students to do well both in studies and sports. The ''Most Progressive Students' Award'' aims to give students recognition and encouragement for improved performance. It will also help to identify those pupils who may be in need of special help in the classroom. The first batch of six ''most progressive'' students, from Forms 2 to 5, received their award in March this year. Helping to monitor students' progress in connection with the award is the newly appointed ''prefect of studies''. ''The awards are a recognition of progress,'' said the principal Brother Thomas Favier. ''Not every student can be brilliant or outstanding, but they can all be encouraged to do better.'' St Joseph's College believes that students should enjoy their school life while building up a healthy outlook and balanced personality through a rounded education. The school offers a variety of activities, ranging from academic and interest clubs to sports. ''Students will do well in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities if they are happy in school and feel they truly belong to it,'' he said. The principal attributes the success of St Joseph's to a dedicated staff, boys of good family background and a sound school environment. ''We have good, experienced teachers who love their work,'' he said. ''Most of them have been with us for over 10 years. ''And we continue to get good boys. They come from good families and their parents care about them. If parents are caring, the children will reward this love with hard work,'' the principal added. English is the language of communication at St Joseph's. The school is preparing a special English reading scheme for the next academic year in which all Form 1 to 4 students are expected to take part. ''We feel it is very important that students learn to read on their own and form a good reading habit,'' Brother Thomas Favier said. At the same time, the school is ensuring that Chinese standards are maintained. The Chu Wai-sang Scholarship was introduced recently for students who excel in the language. In the meantime, St Joseph's College sportsmen keep bringing in the trophies. The school does extremely well each year in inter-school sports competitions, especially in football and swimming. DESCRIPTION The Roman Catholic secondary school for boys was founded in 1875. There are 1,122 students, 59 full-time teachers and an auxiliary staff of 20. HEADMASTER The principal is Brother Thomas Favier, who holds a B.A. from University College, Dublin. Bro. Favier has been a teacher at St Joseph's for 28 years, and its principal since 1987. TEACHING LANGUAGE The teaching language is English. Chinese and French are also taught. ACTIVITIES The school has about 40 clubs and organisations for extra-curricular activities. There are also the Music Society, Harmonica Band and school choir. SPORTS Opportunities are provided for all the major sports. Inter-school sports participation includes swimming, football, volleyball, tennis, basketball, table tennis and squash. FACILITIES There are 34 classrooms, 14 special rooms, four science laboratories, a library with 20,000 books, an assembly hall, a canteen and a school yard for sports. SCHOLARSHIPS Fifteen scholarships, including Royal Hongkong Jockey Club Scholarship, Li Po Chun Scholarship, Bro. Gilbert Scholarship and Crozier Scholarship. PREFECTS The team of 68 prefects is headed by Samson Tam Kin-sang. SCHOOL MOTTO ''Labore Et Virtute''.